Jail for day care owner who fleeced taxpayers


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — A judge on Thursday sentenced a Grand Rapids day care owner to 60 days in jail for billing the state for care she did not provide.

Janice Rhodes, 67, previously pleaded guilty in Kent County Circuit Court to two counts of misdemeanor welfare fraud.

"I apologize that this ever happened, your honor,” said the former owner of Alphabet Soup Daycare Center on Leonard Street NE near Ball Avenue. “I just want to move on with my life.”

Judge Mark Trusock sentenced Rhodes to two months in jail, in addition to ordering restitution of $32,746, the amount Rhodes most recently overbilled the state.

"I don't think it's appropriate that you simply pay the restitution and walk out the door," Trusock told Rhodes in court. “You did something wrong here. You need to think about what you did wrong. Accordingly, ma'am, I'm placing you on probation for a period of one year. I'm ordering that you spend 60 days in the Kent County jail.

Full story: WOOD TV


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